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n. pl. phal·an·ster·ies
a. A self-sustaining cooperative community of the followers of Fourierism. Also called phalanx.
b. The buildings in such a community.
2. An association resembling a Fourierist phalanstery.

[French phalanstère : phalange, phalanx (from Latin phalanx, phalang-; see phalanx) + (mona)stère, monastery (from Late Latin monastērium; see monastery).]

phal′an·ste′ri·an (-stîr′ē-ən) adj. & n.
phal′an·ste′ri·an·ism n.


(ˈfælənstərɪ; -strɪ)
n, pl -steries
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in Fourierism)
a. buildings occupied by a phalanx
b. a community represented by a phalanx
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) any similar association or the buildings occupied by such an association
[C19: from French phalanstère, from phalange phalanx, on the model of monastère monastery]


(ˈfæl ənˌstɛr i)

n., pl. -ster•ies.
1. (in Fourierism)
a. the buildings occupied by a phalanx.
b. the community itself.
2. any similar association, or the buildings they occupy.
[1840–50; < French phalanstère,b. phalange phalanx and monastère monastery]
phal`an•ster′i•an, adj., n.
phal`an•ster′i•an•ism, n.


 a group or association of people or persons, especially those following the plan of Fourierism of socialist groups of 1800; people living together as one family.
Example: phalanstery of all the fiends, 1850.
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